With a magnificent hat-trick against Tottenham on Saturday evening, Ronaldo increased his career tally to 807 goals, more than any other professional in the men’s game’s history.
It was the Portuguese’s 59th career hat-trick, and the ideal way to silence some of his detractors
With a hip flexor issue, Ronaldo missed the 4-1 loss to Manchester City last time out and flew to Portugal.
According to sources, the forward failed to inform United of his trip to Portugal last weekend, leaving manager Ralf Rangnick fully unaware of the issue, even though he was expected to be dropped for the derby anyway.
In today’s encounter, United great Keane felt the 37-year-old was playing with a certain amount of rage, which helped United earn an important three points.
‘Ronaldo took the initiative. ‘He looked angry tonight, and he was playing with a lot of intensity,’ Keane added.
‘Whatever has happened in the previous week has disturbed him, but he demonstrated tonight what we’ve seen over the years.’
‘He’s a genius, he’s great, and his goals today were incredible.’
‘Why do people think Ronaldo can’t play every week or that he can’t provide value to this team?’
‘He was furious today, and he did not return to Manchester United to take a seat on the bench.’
‘Today, we saw him belligerent and enraged, as if he’s unhappy because he’s one of the best players in the world and he wants to score a goal.’
‘We saw that aggression and desire to score a goal today, especially with the winner, he wanted it more than anyone else, and that’s why the guy deserves a lot of praise.’
‘It was refreshing to see him outraged and enraged.’